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“Excellent small hotel just outside of Salzbug”
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Hotel Gerl
Ranked #1 of 10 Hotels in Wals
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed October 28, 2009

Our intention was to make a stopover in Salzburg before heading further south to the Mediterranean. We found out that we chose just the right hotel. It was conveniently next to a central, but not too busy road, halfway between the German border and the beautiful city of Salzburg and conveniently close so we could explore the latter after a 10 minute drive.

The hotel room was not too big, but nicely decorated. The staff was very, very friendly and always helpful. Especially in the summertime, the big garden with lots of toys for small and large kids as well as the two swimming-pools (indoor & outdoor) was a huge asset.

The breakfast (which was included in the otherwise very friendly price) was ok, so was dining in the restaurant though you should ask in advance whether the menu is accurate. ;-)

Given the prices in downtown Salzburg, I would always recommend this hotel. Should we return to the region, we will certainly revisit it.

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed October 13, 2009

The Hotel Gerl was a fantastic hotel! Traveling with 5 children in Europe is not an easy task. After months of looking, I finally found Hotel Gerl. With an indoor pool, (outdoor pool as well in nicer weather), outdoor chess set, trampoline, little playground, a room that we were all able to sleep in comfortably (seperate room for parents), AND breakfast included, we could not ask for anything more at such an exceptional price in between Salzburg and Bertchesgaden. I almost forgot to mention the incredibly friendly owners and staff of the hotel--everything was perfect! Thanks Hotel Gerl for making our vacation most enjoyable for all our family members!

  • Stayed: October 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed September 27, 2009

We were on a road trip accross Europe, so only stayed one night, but wish we could have stayed longer at this superb hotel, the owners were so friendly & spoke excellent English, the hotel was superb, great value for money & so clean, the breakfast was included in the price & was nice, apart from luke warm water to make a cup of tea. Would defo stay there again.

  • Stayed: September 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed August 18, 2009

Booked up Hotel Gerl for an overnight stay on trip across Alps to pop into Salzburg, partly based on trip advisor reviews. We were so pleased we did. This was a lovely hotel with welcoming staff and our stay there was a highlight of our holiday.

Their hospitality was flawless, the hotel looked great and their English is first class (my German is terrible). There was a playgroup and indoor and outdoor pools, which we were not able to use because of our limited stay, but looked very inviting.

We stayed in a six person suite in the Guest House, which was really lovely and comfortable and very good value for money.

We eat at their restaurant. Lovely food at a very reasonable price and good fast service.

Very handy for Salzburg but out in countryside with easy access to Autobahns and lovely views over the hills.

We would go back again if we need somewhere to stay at Salzburg, with children or without!

  • Stayed: August 2009, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 24, 2009

We chose this hotel as we hired a car and wanted to be able to go south and east on the motorways as well as into Salzburg, the hotel is ideal for that and very close to the airport - literally 10 minutes. It is a quality establishment, very well appointed. We had a comfort room, ie one up from a standard, for 92 euros per night and had a tv/settee area, which could have been a fold-down bed for two children, making the room very good value for four.
Breakfast buffet was comprehensive and included. This hotel would be excellent for children, play area with swings etc in the garden as well as the two pools. Lots of lounge areas to relax in. I couldn't see a bar! There is a restaurant but no-where to just get a drink.
We did go into Salzburg on the bus one day - took about 50 minutes - but stuck to our hire car the rest of the time. The bus was not particularly cheap, parking could have been cheaper, and the buses are not frequent - hourly in the day, 90 minutes in the evening and 2 hourly on Sundays. We found this very restrictive especially as it chucked it down with rain and we were stuck in the town centre. As Salzburg is not large we soon found our way round it in the car and got on-street parking free at weekends and in evenings.
This hotel is built to look like an Austrian chalet but inside is very hotel-standard, so you could almost have been anywhere once inside, and it is in the flat plain to the west of Salzburg. We also stayed 3 more nights in a very traditional Alm (Mountain guesthouse) in the mountains to the SE of Salzburg in the Erentrudisalm chalet/hotel which was much more typical of the idea of Austrian Alps, just depends what you are looking for.

  • Stayed: July 2009, traveled as a couple
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Reviewed January 31, 2009

My family and our friends (10 people in total) spent last Christmas and New Year's Eve at this hotel and had a wonderful time. We loved every minute of it. The stuff was very friendly! The hotel was very clean. The children enjoyed the pool and we enjoyed the sauna. The breakfast was rich and dinner dishes lovely. Perfect location with free parking. Very good prices. We highly recomend it! We will definitely be back.

  • Stayed: December 2008, traveled with family
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Reviewed July 26, 2008

We just got back from a 2 week trip to Europe. The Pension Gerl was definitely a highlight. As mentioned, it is outside of Salzburg, so not great if you want to be in the heart of Salzburg. However, we took the bus in and it was a short and easy ride with a bus stop very nearby. The staff was extremely helpful and friendly as well.

We were traveling with 3 young children (10, 5 and 5). The location had a beautiful indoor pool and an outdoor pool. It was raining and a bit cold during our stay, so they just used the indoor pool, but it was a great break for them. The play area was also lovely and gave them room to run and let off some steam.

We had a junior suite since there are 5 of us. It was very large, especially by European standards. We had a separate bedroom and the kids were in the main room on a double bed and a pull-out bed. The bathroom was also very nice and spacious by European standards. The beds were comfortable and the linens very nice. The facility was scrupulously clean. We ate two evening meals in the hotel restaurant. The food was quite good and reasonably priced for a hotel restaurant and we were happy to have such a convenient place to eat.

There is a busy highway in front of the pension, and with the windows open, there was considerable traffic noise. With the windows closed, it was much quieter. It didn't bother us, but if you are sensitive to noise, it could be an issue.

The scenery and location are lovely though and we had some beautiful views of the surrounding mountains. I would recommend this property highly.

Stayed: July 2008
Thank GiseleMo
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Additional Information about Hotel Gerl

Address: Bundesstrasse 50, Wals 5071, Austria
Location: Austria > Austrian Alps > Salzburg Region > Wals
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Free Breakfast Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Free Parking Children Activities (Kid / Family Friendly) Pets Allowed ( Dog / Pet Friendly ) Restaurant Shuttle Bus service Suites Swimming Pool
Hotel Style:
#4 Family Hotel in Wals
Price Range: $111 - $208 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:3 star — Hotel Gerl 3*
Number of rooms: 53
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
We are a family-run hotel which attaches particular importance to getting the price and service right, as well as providing individuality and comfort. Our house offers you that bit more in terms of service, furnishing and an appealing environment in a country house style. You will find spare and simple yet comfortable single and double rooms, as well as generously-proportioned superior rooms and family suites which have a character consistent with a longer stay. Another feature distinguishing our hotel is its ideal location: in green surroundings with a marvellous panoramic view and yet immediately close to the city centre. Thanks to the excellent road links, the trade fair centre, MGC- centre, the airport, the outlet centre, the stadium or Hangar 7 can all be reached in next to no time. ... more   less 
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Also Known As:
Gerl Hotel Wals
Hotel Gerl Salzburg Region, Austria - Wals

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